Journal Volume: Volume 8 Issue 1

Guest Editor’s Note: Dr. Jane Singer

For the first time in ISOJ history, in 2017, the ISOJ journal co-editors invited Dr. Jane Singer to be the guest editor of a special themed issue. Dr. Singer identified the special theme, Habits of Thought for this issue. This special themed issue reflects papers that were blind peer – reviewed for the conference and journal that reflected …  Read More

Invited Essay: A Reflection by Joshua Benton

This year, the ISOJ co-editors and guest editor invited Josh Benton to write a special essay to discuss the state of the current digital media climate and how the accepted articles for this issue reflect the special journal theme and current media climate. By Joshua Benton | Director of the Nieman Journalism Lab   The journalist Charles Duhigg …  Read More

Journalists thinking about precarity: Making sense of the “new normal”

By Henrik Örnebring This study analyzes the effects of precarity on thinking about professionalism and professional identity among journalists, based on a re-analysis of three different datasets of semi-structured in-depth interviews (gathered in 2008-09, 2010-12 and 2017, respectively) with journalists (n = 63, 55 and 11, respectively) across 14 European countries. The study shows that journalists in this cross-national …  Read More

Changing “habits of thought”: An examination of eight years of digital evolution at the Christian Science Monitor

By Jonathan Groves and Carrie Brown This longitudinal study combines data from ethnographic observation and more than 100 in-depth interviews to analyze the changing “habits of thoughts” over an eight-year period at the Christian Science Monitor. The research identifies four primary changes: embracing experimentation and rapid change, breaking down the firewall between the business and editorial departments, changing conceptions …  Read More

Journalists’ perceptions of solutions journalism and its place in the field

By Kyser Lough and Karen McIntyre This paper uses in-depth interviews with 14 journalists to better understand the position of solutions journalism—rigorous reporting on how people are responding to social problems—in the field and in journalistic habits. We found that journalists familiar with solutions journalism accept and align it with investigative reporting, but with the extra step toward social …  Read More

The narratives and routines of journalistic productions based on open data

By María Florencia Haddad and Elena Brizuela This research, based on a detailed comparative analysis of 20 online articles published in Argentina, aims to characterize the types of narratives that result from databases. Because professional routines change, mostly according to work groups, the study also included semi-structured interviews with two editorial leaders who have extensive backgrounds with data. Five …  Read More

Quality, quantity and policy: How newspaper journalists use digital metrics to evaluate their performance and their papers’ strategies

By Kelsey N. Whipple and Jeremy L. Shermak Through insights from 521 editorial employees at 49 of the largest newspapers in the United States, this research explored the way journalists use audience analytics data, social media responses, newsroom strategies, performance evaluations, personal and professional feedback and other newsroom and content factors to make decisions about their readers, content and …  Read More

“Don’t read me the news, tell me the story”: How news makers and storytellers negotiate journalism’s boundaries when preparing and presenting news stories

By Jan Boesman and Irene Costera Meijer This study seeks to understand how journalists deal with story/truth-making in their daily news practice, based on in-depth interviews with 67 journalists from Belgium and the Netherlands. The findings revealed a difference between news makers and storytellers and related differences in the way journalists prepare and present news stories. In preparing stories, …  Read More

Volume 8, Number 1 Issue of the #ISOJ Journal

"This themed issue of #ISOJ is a response to, as well as a test of, two related premises. It is a response to the observation that we know far more about what journalists do differently in a digital age than about how, if at all, they think differently about what they do. And it is a test of the proposition that while “habits of practice” – what journalists do – have obviously changed enormously over the past quarter-century, “habits of thought” have been remarkably resilient (the positive spin) or resistant (the less-positive one) in the face of this transformation. Instead, #ISOJ 2018 offers six engaging and informative takes on ways in which journalists are changing not just their practices but also the mental processes that they bring to the job. Our authors highlight new patterns of thinking about stories and audiences, about the use and the purpose of new forms of data, and about journalists’ own activities now and in the future." - Dr. Jane Singer, Guest Editor  Read More